Monday, 8 September 2014

Lukautim Ples

KBMI has began planting mangroves to improve sand retention and provide a breeding ground for sea life. Pastor John Mula, who heads the faith based organisaton,  has already planted 40 mangroves out of the 100 currently in the nursery.

Pastor John Mula planting a mangrove near his seaside home
He says: When the North-West Tradewinds hit around September to January each year, the sea eats away at the beach infront of the house. “We can minimise this by actually planting mangroves. It can take a long time for the trees to mature but the benefits long term are important for people living in this village.
 “The mangroves once fully grown can also be a place where fish, shells and crabs can come reside and replenish the seaside. This will improve the amount of food choice we have,” he said.

The knowledge of these things came to KBMI when it was part of a five day training conducted at the KBMI headquarters in Liap village here in Manus Province in June 2014. The training was part of a project called MARSH – Mangrove Rehabilitation for Sustainably-Managed Healthy Forests. The trainer was Ms. Fiona Manu from the MARSH Project based in Port Moresby.

Ps John Mula with some of the mangroves at the nursery near his house in his north coast village in Manus.

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